In Baby Whisperer: Know Your Baby I talk about personalities. Because Brayden was a non-Babywise baby for his first 9 weeks, I can think of his babyhood pre-babywise and post-babywise. His personality definitely changed when we started Babywise. Hogg has a quiz in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, and here are his numbers:
Quite the difference, right? We will talk more about him later--he is obviously not the angel baby.
Since we are talking angel babies, let me show you Kaitlyn's numbers--she is my angel baby:
Angel babies are called "angel" because they are just that--angels. As good as gold. Easy as can be. Kaitlyn was/is an "angel" personality type and would have been with or without Babywise. Even with reflux, she was undeniably and angel.
Generally good eaters as babies and open to trying something new.
Kaitlyn was an amazing eater as a baby. She was my fastest nurser. She liked everything she ate as a baby, though she did not love mushy baby food. She preferred real texture.
Kaitlyn does have some "pickiness" with food. She does not like food that is acidic at all. She never had acidic food as a baby for the obvious "don't feed babies acidic food" reasons. She doesn't like spaghetti sauce. She doesn't like ketchup. She doesn't like pineapple or oranges. She doesn't like orange juice. I think that all stems back to reflux. Those foods give her heartburn.
Moderately active. They play independently from babyhood on. High tolerance for change and easily portable. Very social, like to interact, and are good at sharing.
Kaitlyn was always content to sit and play--she still is. She doesn't need to be running around to be happy. She has always been an amazing independent player. She was as a baby and still is to this day. Independent play has never been an issue.
She has always handled disruptions well. Angel babies are great as a non-first born because you can mess with their schedule for activities and they don't melt down.
Kaitlyn is the queen of social. Everyone loves Kaitlyn. She is sweet and makes friends everywhere she goes--seriously. She has an incredible understanding of social graces and I kid you not, she is a far better hostess than I am.
Kaitlyn is great at sharing. She has her moments of possessiveness, but overall, she is very willing and happy to share with others.
Goes down easily and independently. Good sleeper.
Kaitlyn is a great, great sleeper. Do you know that since she started sleeping through the night, we have only been woken by her in the night one time? One time--and that was last month...she had a bad dream I think. Nothing interrupts her sleep. I have been woken more times than that by Brayden, and I have been woken more times than that by McKenna. The sleep of an angel baby is incredible.
Usually easy going and upbeat. Steady and predictable.
This is also true for Kaitlyn, though a three year old girl definitely has her extreme emotional states! That is where the "usually" comes in. As a baby, though, she was always happy.
Good as gold--I could have five like him--We were really lucky--It was like there wasn't even a baby in the house...
I think every parent deserves an angel baby--it is a lovely experience. They are very easy in general. If your baby is not an angel baby, however, don't despair. As you saw in my numbers with Brayden, you can have angel baby characteristics even with one of the more difficult personality types as a result of your nurturing.